Leicester council changes school term dates to align with county

Leicester council has decided to change school term dates to match the county for 2019/20.

Over 4,000 people completed a consultation which ran from June to September, asking whether school term dates should be aligned between the city and county.

Eighty per cent of respondents said they wanted to see term dates aligned between the two neighbouring authorities, after the city and county set different weeks for the October 2018 half-term.

The results mean that term-times and holidays for the 2019/20 academic year will be the same in both Leicester city and Leicestershire.

This year, county schools will be on holiday from 15-19 October, while city schools have their half-term break from 22-26 October.

Cllr Sarah Russell, deputy city mayor for children, young people and schools, said: “Although the city’s half-term dates for October this year were decided upon after consultation with parents, teachers and schools, they were set before our neighbours in the county issued their term dates.”

“The thinking was to make sure that pupils and teachers didn’t have to have a very long, nine-week half-term in the run-up to Christmas.”

“We recognise that having two different half-term weeks causes difficulties for parents who have children in both city and county schools.”

“That’s why we’ve listened to feedback from our consultation over the 2019/20 dates and we’ll be working closely with the county to make sure they align. Hopefully, this will reassure parents and allow them to plan ahead.”

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